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A Chatham, Illinois man is jailed on $250,000 cash bond after being accused in Missouri of possessing components for possible pipe bombs.

Landmarks Illinois

The former YWCA building in Springfield is in the city's downtown historic district, but an historic preservation group says it's in dire need of repair.

Landmarks Illinois put the building on its annual list of the state's most endangered historic sites.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he'll appeal an Obama administration decision last month denying the state millions in federal disaster assistance.  The governor's office says late December’s severe flooding in central and southern Illinois caused more than 16 million dollars in damage.

Springfield is the seat of state government, yet one of the more influential grassroots groups in Illinois has no official presence in the city.  The Illinois League of Women Voters wants to change that. 

Jack McCoullough has been serving a life sentence for a 1957 kidnapping and murder. He was convicted in 2012 — more than 50 years after the crime happened.

Last week, the local prosecutor told a judge that he reviewed evidence showing McCoullough did not commit the crime. Now age 76, McCullough is hoping to get out of prison.

Peoria Co. Sheriff's Office

Authorities say an Illinois airport was evacuated for about three hours after a passenger had a bag that appeared to contain tubes of explosive material, although security officials determined it wasn't a bomb.

WBEZ

Prosecutors say they won't retry former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on five counts tossed by a federal appeals court and have requested a resentencing date. 

The Supreme Court has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. 

The marketing executive who tried to lure businesses to Indiana by asking Illinois residents if they were ``Illinnoyed'' has crossed enemy lines, so to speak.  

Kelly Nicholl has been hired as the first marketing director for the Illinois Business and Development Corporation that Governor Bruce Rauner recently created.  

Crain's Chicago Business reports that until recently Nicholl was vice president for marketing with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  

NWS

A stormy night in Springfield this week resulted in an EF-1 tornado touchdown on the city's  west side.

Board Approves Construction Of UIS Student Union

Mar 17, 2016
uis.edu

University of Illinois trustees have approved a plan to build the first student union at the school's Springfield campus. 

The Springfield Police Department issued the following on Wednesday.  The allegations stem from Groth's time as a school resource officer at Lanphier High School:           

Officer Rodney A. Groth, age 45, of the Springfield Police Department was indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury on the below listed charges:

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The country seems especially divided over the 2016 race for president. But there was a time in Illinois history when division led to bloodshed over political campaigns. 

40winksfoundation.org

A store for beds and a hotline for parents are teaming up to provide needy families new mattresses, box-springs and bed-frames. The 40 Winks Foundation has provided several thousand beds to children all over the country. Slumberland, located at 2450 Chuckwagon Drive in Springfield, is providing beds for families in the Springfield area for the third time, the deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 29th.

courtesy of the Village Voices of Chatham

A group of concerned citizens in Chatham say they fear they could be seeing the same problems as Flint, Michigan. They say ever since their water source has switched from Springfield’s City Water Light and Power in 2012 to the South Sangamon Water Commission issues have included discolored, foul-smelling water that is corrosive and leaves sediment. Some people say it even causes hair-loss and rashes.

WUIS

Who doesn't need some help paying for the rising cost of college.  But the price of tuition can be an obstacle to many students wanting to continue their education. 

thehistorybomb.com

Here's an episode from our history series for those still in the Valentine's Day spirit. On that day in 1929 - seven Chicago gangsters were murdered in a surprise attack. The Valentine's Day massacre was a huge shock to the city, and its aftershocks were felt in central Illinois almost immediately. 

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Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register, joins us.

Brent Bohlen

It was 56 years ago that a plane carrying Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Richie Valens and their pilot went down near Clear Lake, Iowa.  The trio were part of the Winter Dance Party tour and had just finished a show at the Surf Ballroom.  Trying to get to their next destination faster and avoid a cold bus trip, they hopped a plane and the rest is rock and roll tragedy. 

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The City of Springfield announced that on Wednesday, February 10, parking will be prohibited on the following streets due to the Presidential visit:

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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The fate of Illinois' budget impasse could be influenced by the leader of the free world. At least, that's what Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder is hoping for.

A Push To Make Obama's Birthday A State Holiday

Feb 8, 2016
npr.org

This week, we'll celebrate Lincoln's Birthday.  Should President Obama also get a holiday in his home state?  Some lawmakers think so.

Today we get ice from our freezer. But without refrigeration, our ancestors had to buy it from local icemen who were busy harvesting this time of year. Tara McClellan McAndrew brings us this historical account. It's an installment of our history series, sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society. Eric Woods provides additional narration:

 

CLICK HERE for more information about ice harvesting.

Caterpillar says it plans to close five plants and trim about 670 jobs in
Illinois and several other states, in the latest phase of a larger cost-cutting
campaign announced last year.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming to Illinois to help assess damage from early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.  
 

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday vowed to ``do everything possible to help people and communities'' affected by the late December and early January flooding.  

Bernard Sieracki is no stranger to Illinois government.  He's lobbied for decades.  But what he witnessed 7 years ago this month stood out.

Legacypointe.net

On this week's WUIS/State Journal-Register Business Report, we discuss Legacy Pointe development, or lack of it.  

III Tomassos Italian Bistro closed earlier this month and that has people talking again.  Many wondering, where is the outlet mall that was proposed?

In Springfield's downtown, one building will stay and another will go. 

We also talk about then Deer Run Mine in Hillsboro, which has closed following a fire.  Will it reopen?

Woodstock Illinois web site

“It’s always Feb. 2nd and there’s nothing I can do about it,” complains Phil Connors, the character Bill Murray plays in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Trapped in a time warp, Connors desperately tries to escape his fate day after day until he reexamines his life and discovers what really makes him happy.  

Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

A longtime festival in Jacksonville has come to an end.

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